The Best Way to Know Serving Sizes for Baby Carrots
I’m going, to be honest with you and tell you that I did not use to eat very healthy. I ate snack cakes too many times a day, loved and adored fast food, and could have lost a few pounds.
However, my second child came, and I needed to change my habits. From my habits rubbing off on my first child I could see her following in my footsteps at such a young age, I had to change it.
So, I did change it. I learned how to eat properly and taught my family to do it too. I started cooking more, eating healthier snacks, and even started working out with my children in their stroller!
I honestly did not know that vegetables had servings sizes, but they do, and I’m going to share my favorite snack information with you!
Serving Sizes for Baby Carrots
Vegetables are supposed to be good for you and me always though you could eat as much of them as you want. Unless it’s a pickle, where you burn more calories than you eat just by chewing, that’s not true. Vegetables have serving sizes, and I’m here to tell you about baby carrots!
Vitamins and Health Benefits
According to the USDA, based on a ½ cup of baby carrots (6 carrots) will provide you with 35 calories, 65 mg sodium, 8g of carbohydrates, and 120% of Vitamin A.
The USDA also provides you with healthy recipes on how to cook and prepare baby carrots. These recipes will help you eat low-calorie foods and stay healthy.
The health benefits of baby carrots are amazing, to say the least! Not only do baby carrots have a high amount of Vitamin A, but they also contain high amounts of beta-carotene, fiber, vitamin K, potassium, and antioxidants! Baby carrots are a great snack to partake in!
Calculating Serving Sizes and Calories
While the USDA recommends ½ cup equaling to 6 carrots, package serving sizes suggest about 3 ounces. If you have a scale, this will be easy to measure out.
However, if you don’t have a scale for measuring foods (like me!), then you might need to know how many carrots you can eat for a 3-ounce serving size.
Ideally, many fitness and health sites recommend that between five and ten carrots will be a good amount, depending on the thickness of the carrots. They also don’t think a few over will hurt you at all!
Eating Healthy at Events
Eating healthy at events can be tricky, but try your best to guess serving sizes and keep repeat snacking to a minimum. Try to avoid large slices of snacks, cakes, and desserts, and try to keep yourself active and in a mindset about what you want to achieve.
However, if you are the host of an event, such as a bridal shower, birthday party, or baby shower, you get to plan the menu yourself! Stick with finger foods, but incorporate vegetables and fruits, light desserts, and flavored waters. Simple is best. Besides, your guests aren’t even thinking about the food at these parties!
Recipes to Try
Baby carrots have some amazing recipes! The things you can do with baby carrots is beyond my imagination!
Baby carrots can be glazed, juiced, frozen, pureed for baby food, boiled, mashed, and even candied. The list of possibilities is endless. You can cook amazing dishes with a simple serving of baby carrots or keep it classic and eat them with a dip!
Follow Your Healthy Lifestyle
Remember that while you are trying to stay healthy with your eating habits and fitness, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a slice of cake or enjoy sweets ever again. It’s all about moderation, but I have a tough time controlling myself when it comes to baby carrots.
These little veggies are my absolute favorite snack, and even my eldest child has started asking for them since I have been eating so much of them! Win-win situation in my household!
What are some of your favorite vegetables? How do you cook them and get your family to eat them? I would also like to know how your habits around fruits and vegetables happen, do you become obsessed with certain foods?